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Henry Brooks Adams (1838 1918; normally called Henry Adams) was an American journalist, historian, academic and novelist. He is best-known for his autobiographical book, The Education of Henry Adams. He was a member of the Adams political family. Both his paternal grandfather, John Quincy Adams, and great grandfather, John Adams, one of the most prominent among the Founding Fathers, had been U.S. Presidents, his maternal grandfather was a millionaire, and another great grandfather, Nathaniel Gorham, signed the Constitution. After his graduation from Harvard University in 1858, he embarked on a Grand Tour of Europe, during which he also attended lectures in civil law at the University of Berlin. He was initiated into the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity as an honorary member at the 1893 Columbian Exposition by Harris J. Ryan, a judge for the exhibit on electrical engineering. Through that organization, he was a member of the Irving Literary Society. Adams's The History of the United States of America (1801 to 1817) has been called "a neglected masterpiece." In the 1880s, Adams also wrote two novels. He is credited as the author of Democracy, which was published anonymously in 1880 and immediately became popular. (Only after Adams's death did his publisher reveal Adams's authorship.) His other novel, published under the nom de plume of Frances Snow Compton, was Esther, whose eponymous heroine was believed to be modeled after his wife. He published The Education of Henry Adams in 1907, in a small private edition for selected friends. For Adams, the Virgin Mary was a symbol of the best of the old world, as the dynamo was a representative of modernity. It was only following Adams's death that The Education was made available to the general public, in an edition issued by the Massachusetts Historical Society. It ranked first on the Modern Library's 1998 list of 100 Best Nonfiction Books and was named the best book of the twentieth century by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a conservative organization that promotes classical education. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1919.
I had to read this in small chunks. In part this was due to the authors rather dry tone and the sometimes +100 word paragraphs. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Webgecko
we read this book a million years ago and loved it. last summer, a stage of the Tour de France ended at Mont st Michel. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Samyel F
The print is so small that I can't even read it with my glasses on! No footnotes are included at the back with the text. Not a very scholarly presentation. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Kathleen Travis
Recommended by a friend who knew we would be travelling in the next couple of years in the loire valley -- and they were spot on! Very informative; wonderful vendor. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Sherry Castle Boyer
I rated this book poorly because the text was so small I couldn't read it.
I will reorder a different book, and know that with the improved text size I will enjoy this book.
This book is a classic. I am planning to see Mont Saint Michel and Chartres this summer, having not been there since the early seventies, and think I am being much better prepared... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Zulu43
Henry Adams is one of my favorite authors for his ability to make sentences flow as prose that frequently wants me to read aloud just for their beauty. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Jim D.
Planning a trip to both of these wonderful places and was tickled to see a book with both in the title. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Rebecca M. Caraveo
This edition of 'Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres' was unsatisfactory to me.The book's preface (a lead-in to the first chapter) was entirely omitted. The book had no index. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Zenelea